Cthulhu Tract

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Jack Chick is an insane Christian cartoonist. Howard Phillips Lovecraft was an atheist horror writer who wrote about people being driven insane. In Fred Van Lente and Steve Ellis's brilliant 2000 tract, Chick and Lovecraft are made one.

Thanks to Kalle Bäcklander for the tip-off.

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Ai, Phânglui mglwânafh Cthulhu Râlyeh wgahânagl fhtagn. Cthulhu fhtagn. Cthulhu fhtagn.

Great stuff, perfectly spoofs Jack Chick's most annoying habit: showing believers as being able to convert non-believers by a simple, authoritative statement of their beliefs as facts. I suspect these tracks are really more about re-affirming Evangelicals in their beliefs than actually evangelizing anybody.

They're also getting successively harder to parodize - one of Chick's most recent attacks targeted vampires, and there is not the slightest sign he wasn't serious about that. The way his sanity and coherence are declining, he might yet turn out to be a prophet of a deity, after all - Azathoth, most likely.

By Phillip IV (not verified) on 01 Mar 2011 #permalink

I thought the classic was "WHO WILL BE EATEN FIRST?" which Chick sued off the web. You might still be able to find it, thoughâperhaps in an ancient, eldritch Internet cafe housing tomes of forbidden code forgotten to men.

By Entity From Be… (not verified) on 01 Mar 2011 #permalink

This is why we need to implement SCORPION STARE apps to our closed-circuit TV cameras...(read Charles Stross for an explanation :)

Conceptually related spoofs
"NASA Completes 52-Year Mission To Find, Kill God" http://www.theonion.com/articles/nasa-completes-52year-mission-to-find-…

"Marauding Gay Hordes Drag Thousands Of Helpless Citizens From Marriages After Obama Drops Defense Of Marriage Act" http://www.theonion.com/articles/marauding-gay-hordes-drag-thousands-of…
(for the fundies, the last one os probably the scariest)

By Birger Johansson (not verified) on 01 Mar 2011 #permalink

If you want mind-numbing horrors galore, I would recommend the urban gothic Cal Leandros book series by Rob Thurman. The baddies are not quite Elder Gods but they are getting there. The urban landscape turns out to be worse than any Transylvanian hills.
For ultra-noir crime fiction with a slightly occult edge, try John Connolly's Charlie Parker series.
And Dean Koontz' "Odd Thomas" books are not bad.
Templesmith's "Fell", a graphic novel about a police detective has no supernatural horrors per se, but the big city itself could qualify as an evil god. The book is oozing with dread enhanched by the illustrations.

By Birger Johansson (not verified) on 01 Mar 2011 #permalink

â[We] believe in no afterlife, no God. We see the universe as it is, Father Damien, and these naked truths are cruel ones. We who believe in life, and treasure it, will die. Afterward there will be nothing, eternal emptiness, blackness, nonexistence. In our living there has been no purpose, no poetry, no meaning. Nor do our deaths possess these qualities. When we are gone, the universe will not long remember us, and shortly it will be as if we had never lived at all. Our worlds and our universe will not long outlive us. Ultimately entropy will consume all, and our puny efforts cannot stay that awful end. It will be gone. It has never been. It has never mattered. The universe itself is doomed, transitory, and certainly it is uncaring.â

âGeorge R.R. Martin, âThe Way of Cross and Dragonâ

By Akhôrahil (not verified) on 01 Mar 2011 #permalink

Reality TV shows are a special horrorâ¦âReality TV show seeks Swedish-Americansâ http://www.thelocal.se/32312/20110228/
I assume the participants will be doing typical Swedish things like Moat Swimming competitions (in waters infested with the notorious Serrasalmus Borealis) and Drink Yourself Silly championships (originally a Finn speciality).
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Greg Laden has a skeptical search engine in the making. Maybe you could add info about pseudoarchaeology?
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"It will be gone. It has never been. It has never mattered. The universe itself is doomed, transitory, and certainly it is uncaring.â
But Iain Banks' Culture would simply upload their personalities, and kick-start another Universe using some suitable singularity to escape at right angles to everywhere else...

By Birger Johansson (not verified) on 02 Mar 2011 #permalink